Organic Food

Conference 2017

Friday February 24 to Sunday February 26, 2017
Coast Bastion, Nanaimo, BC
Snuneymuxw Territory

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General Information


Accommodation at the Coast Bastion Hotel can be booked by phone 1-800-663-1144 specify that you are attending the COABC Conference and you may receive a discount on your room within our Guest Room Block.

Alternative Hotels

Best Western Dorchester Hotel - (250) 754-6835
Travelodge Nanaimo
Ramada Hotel Nanaimo - (250) 716-2009

Friday Workshop: Organic Certification 101 with Rochelle Eisen, Resilient Solutions Consulting and Anne Macey

This session will be an organic certification introduction for the uninitiated. Rochelle will outline the certification process, give an orientation to the do’s and don’ts of organic standards, cover organic labeling claims and explain who’s who in the organic certification world in BC, Canada and beyond. She will try to answer all questions and will give guidance on taking the next steps. Bring your pens, paperwork, and your questions. Regional Certifying Body administrators will join for the last hour to help complete paperwork.

Silent Auction

Our silent auction continues to get better and better - you will find an amazing array of items to place your bid on: clothing, art, books, art, food, wine, tools, seeds, services and so much more. If you would like to donate an auction item, please indicate this on your Registration Order Form and bring it with you to the conference. Auction items will be displayed Saturday afternoon until bidding closes on Saturday at 9 PM.

Saturday Feast

We will enjoy locally sourced, certified organic ingredients, paired with local musicians that will rouse us to cut loose, in the most organic way, of course.

This feast is made possible by generously donated ingredients from our organic community, please indicate on your registration form of you have food items to donate to the feast or our Friday reception hors d'oeuvres, breakfasts & lunches.

Seed Swap

Come and share seeds with fellow farmers! The COABC Seed Exchange is the perfect place to explore new varieties, share your favourite cultivars, donate the extra seeds you have, and learn about seeds and seed saving from fellow seed producers. Bring seed that are open-pollinated and share as much information as possible about your seeds (location, population size, cultural stories, etc.). Packets and markers will be provided. The Seed Exchange will be hosted by the B.C. Eco Seed Co-op and the UBC Farm Seed Hub.

Young Agrarians Mixer

Join us for a Y.A. social mixer on Saturday evening! Meet other awesome agrarians, who value food, farmers, nature and community. Connect and find out who is in the room, doing what, and where with local food. All ages welcome! This event is for the young and the young-at-heart. Young Agrarians is a network for new and young ecological farmers in BC that organizes events, landlinks and business mentorship.

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